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June 9, 2013

Remember Ryan -- a legacy of art and music


Tonawanda News — “I thought, ‘Gee, why not instruments for kids who can’t afford to buy, purchase and rent, because even that can be expensive?’ “ she said. With those instruments and others, a group of students performed a recital at the memorial garden in 2009.

“Since then, I’ve done it every year. Now it’s become part of my program, it’s part of what I do,” Carere said. “The kids raise their hand and say, ‘Mrs. Carere, can I play in the Remember Ryan recital?’ It’s become very student-centered.”

Now, two Remember Ryan concerts organized by students take place, held in the NT Alumni Center as they’ve outgrown all their past sites.

“It’s nice because I explain to the students, too. ‘You didn’t know Ryan. ... We’re keeping his memory alive through music,’ “ she said. “It helps everybody involved.”

At St. Christopher’s School, art teacher Michele Kerr said funds provided through the foundation helped pay for a field trip to the Albright-Knox and Burchfield Penney art galleries and made it possible for 20 seventh- and eighth-graders to take part in the Art Alive contest at Albright-Knox — for which they have won the People’s Choice award for their tableau two years in a row

“We were able to do everything because of their grant,” she said. “We couldn’t do it without their help, for sure. People don’t realize how much even paint costs. For them to cover all of our expense, it really makes this experience just so much more enjoyable for the kids.”

The foundation has just announced its 2013-14 first round of grant awards, totaling $8,585.

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REMEMBER RYAN FOUNDATION The Remember Ryan Foundation announced $8,585 in grants for 2013-14. They are: • Orleans-Niagara BOCES (North Tonawanda Middle School site), Kris Reinhart, $1,000 for "Traveling the World With iPads" • Meadow Elementary School, April Carere, $1,000 for "Remember Ryan Recital" • Meadow Elementary School, Virginia Simoncelli, $1,000 for "Orff Instrument Instruction" • Orleans-Niagara BOCES (North Tonawanda Middle School site), Kathleen Walder/Mary Gurley, $775 for "Sensory Room Enchancements" • Ohio Elementary School, Kelly Castronova/Michael Tamboni, $580 for "Where in America is Mr. Tamboni: A Hands & Feet On Georgraphy Adventure" • North Tonawanda Middle School, Christina Davis/Jacalyn Fernandez, $500 for "Scholastic Arts Magazine" • Drake Elementary School, Lisa Tromboli/Debra Swartz, $350 for "Drake Kindergarten/Sixth grade Bishop Gibbons Project" Corporate sponsorships for 2013-14 include: • St. Christopher School musical, $2,000 • NTHS Visual and Performing Arts Wall of Fame, $850 • NT District Art Show, $500

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